Spanish wines taste great but how can I tell what they are?
In what we call ‘the new world’, grape varieties are
usually stated on the front label or sometimes the back
label. Not so, usually, in places like Spain, Italy, France
etc. (a.k.a. ‘the old world’). It is all about tradition. Instead
of having a grape variety on the label, they have a region.
For example: Rioja, north-central Spain, or Rueda
(north-western Spain) could be on the label. Each region
is known for specific red and/or white grapes. Tempranillo
is the red grape king in Rioja. It is a medium-bodied red
wine with tons of flavour. It is very food friendly and goes
with beef, lamb, cheese, spicy sausages like chorizo and
so much more.
Rueda is known mostly for their white wines made from
Verdejo, Viura, Sauvignon Blanc to name a few. The
wines are also medium-bodied, flavourful, crisp and
elegant. They go great with pasta with pesto sauce, fish
and shellfish, roasted vegetables, Indian food and a lot
Three great examples… and they are all on sale!!!
- Marques de Riscal Rueda $11.99 (Reg $14.99)
- Marques de Riscal Arienzo Crianza $10.99 (Reg. $14.99)
- Marques de Riscal Reserva $19.99 (Reg. $24.99)
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